We called our company Strategic SaaS in order to promote the strategic use of cloud based solutions to drive business growth. In the last five years we have helped over 200 businesses transition IT services to the cloud. What we see is a mostly tactical approach to this transition. We recommend that our clients see this transition as a strategic move which will enable growth and agility as their company reacts to market changes.
Almost every company is moving some or all of its information technology into the cloud. The benefits of a cloud migration are well documented for almost every business. However, the cloud democratizes IT. End users can buy solutions with little regard for the technology or potential integration issues which may result. Has this happened to you? Wrangling these users is not within the scope of this blog but stay tuned!
In this blog we are highlighting key things you will want to consider in your cloud migration strategy. In the last five years we have seen a transition from very tactical Office 365 email migration strategies such as, “I’ve got to get Exchange out of the data center,” to a much more seasoned evaluation of what goes in the cloud, what stays in the data center, and in some cases what goes in both.
Here are Our Top Three Things Not to Ignore as You Build a Cloud Migration Strategy
Don’t Forget to Align with The Business
In any good cloud migration strategy you are going to align with the business strategy. This is how you ground your plan. Are you expanding into new markets, regions? Are cost savings a key to success? Is your company growing through acquisitions? Is innovation a key to success? These business strategies drive your information systems plans and therefore your cloud strategy.
Don’t Ignore the Importance of Choosing Your Cloud Foundation
You will have to address this issue early in your transition to the cloud. The key to cloud success will be addressing core IT issues such as data integration, staff expertise, support, IaaS, possibly PaaS and hybrid services. All of these considerations point to the selection of a primary cloud partner. We selected Microsoft for these very reasons. Not only does Microsoft have a comprehensive portfolio of cloud options – SaaS, IaaS, PaaS – but the company is also building both on-premise servers and cloud services with an integration and hybrid orientation. Whether you go with Microsoft, Google, SAP, or Amazon, consider your business drivers and how your cloud partner will enable a comprehensive solution.
Don’t Forget the Need to Manage Identities
This subject should also say and not get crushed with end-user identity support. The problem is much more complex as you consider provisioning and de-provisioning users. Identity Management can be partially addressed by selecting a primary cloud partner. But you will see more and more business services offered as a SaaS solution. There are a number of very powerful single sign-on solutions which will address most, if not all, of your SaaS solutions. Research this category and make it part of your long term strategy.
These are our primary considerations. The list continues to grow as the market matures and cloud becomes part of every business. What are your thoughts on building a cloud migration strategy? We would enjoy hearing your views and experience! Want to learn more about Strategic SaaS? Click here to request information!